Automation and Inequalities at Work and in the Household

Periodo di svolgimento
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Info sul corso
Ore del corso
20
Ore dei docenti responsabili
20
Ore di didattica integrativa
0
CFU 3
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Modalità esame

Prova scritta

Prerequisiti

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

Programma

Overview of the course: This course will provide an overview of the consequences on labor markets and family outcomes of the process of automation, with a special focus on robotization and AI technologies

The introduction of new technologies transforms both the functioning of labor markets, employment relations and family sphere. On one side, technology changes several aspects of work and employment (i.e. how employers monitor employees). On the other side, technological change influences household income and its stability as well as family members’ material and emotional wellbeing.

This course is intended to introduce frameworks that are at the core of the vast literature on technological change and it will draw attention to the role that society plays in shaping the way that technologies impact employment relations and family dynamics. In a nutshell, the goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the socio-economic and employment challenges that new technologies are creating, with a look at the present and future family outcomes.

By the end of the course, students will be able to critically analyze the dynamic and complex relationship between technology, work and society.

Course format: The course is articulated into nine seminars according to the timetable provided below. Every seminar involves a mixture of a lecture and some discussion and group work. For each of the meetings, students are required to adopt a pro-active stance based on the reading of all the articles/chapters in the reading list. In particular, at each meeting, one student will present the readings, describing their content, methods and findings in critical perspective. Then a general discussion will follow also based on the discussion papers on the topic.

Obiettivi formativi

Goals: By the end of the course, students will be able to critically analyze the dynamic and complex relationship between technology, work and society.